Smoky Cape walking track
Hat Head National Park
Smoky Cape walking track in Hat Head National Park on the North Coast, leads through rainforest offering wildlife-spotting and scenic views.
- Hat Head National Park
- 2.2km one-way
- Time suggested
- 45min - 1hr 30min
- Grade 5
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- What to
- Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Experience one of the largest remnants of unique littoral rainforest on the NSW coast on this moderately challenging hike. Smoky Cape walking track forms part of the longer Little Bay to Smoky Cape walk in the northern precinct of Hat Head National Park.
The track starts at Captain Cook's lookout, where you can take in the spectacular views along the coast. Leading along ridges and down gullies behind North Smoky Beach, you’ll meander through dense rainforest of cabbage tree palms and lush ferns. Keep an eye out for epiphytic orchids and swallow-tailed butterflies. Swamp wallabies and red-necked wallabies are often seen darting through the undergrowth.
Stop for a picnic break along the way and soak up the tranquil setting. If you’re not ready to turn back, the optional Green Island walking track is excellent for birdwatching.
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- Trial Bay Gaol Visitor Centre
- 9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 02 6566 6168
- Trial Bay Goal Access Road, Arakoon, NSW 2431
- in Hat Head National Park in the North Coast region
Hat Head National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
$8 per vehicle per day at Hungry Head and Smoky Beach. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.Buy a pass
- Kempsey office
02 6561 6700
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm.
- 247 Old Station Rd, Verges Creek NSW 2440
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kempsey office